Train Involved in Morning Crash Causes Delays from San Jose to Gilroy

The train crashed into a truck around 11 a.m. Monday morning and resumed service about seven hours later.

A train bound for Los Angeles resumed service this evening after it crashed into a truck just south of San Jose this morning and remained stopped at the scene for more than seven hours for repairs.

The train was traveling from Seattle to Los Angeles when it struck the truck at around 11 a.m. near Monterey Highway and Palm Avenue, an Amtrak spokesman said. Information regarding the condition of the truck's driver was not immediately known, spokesman Cliff Cole said.

None of the train's crew or its 161 passengers were injured, Cole said. The train's lead engine was damaged in the collision and the train and its passengers remained at the scene until about 6:20 p.m. while repairs were completed, Cole said.

The train was stopped on tracks that are shared by Caltrain and passengers traveling from San Jose to Gilroy were transferred to Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority shuttle buses to avoid the impacted tracks.

Updated at 7:50 p.m.

--Bay City News

Roger C. March 13, 2012 at 01:23 PM
What is the Picture of? A train in China!?! It certainly is not an Amtrak train, let alone the one in the accident. You'd be better off with no picture at all than one that is not even from the the New World!
Corinne Speckert March 13, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Hi Roger, it's an illustration of an electric Caltrain, as it says in the caption of the picture. I don't have a photo from the accident (it's a stock photo), so I'm working with what I have. Thanks for the comment :)
Brian March 13, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Hey newspapers use stock photos all the time! At least Patch has an article! I couldn't find ANY other info anyplace about this anyplace else!! I was stuck on the "bus bridge" last night from San Jose to Gilroy, but I had to get off, and get a ride, because the bus was making me sick! What a hassle! Was the truck driver injured in the crash?
Linda Roma March 13, 2012 at 04:17 PM
I saw the accident about 2:00 and wondered what had happened. Could not even tell it was a truck that had been hit. Their was stuff strung along the track for about a mile. The windshield on the train was broken out and the cattle guard was damaged from what I could see.


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